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Steve Smith Hits IR, Somewhere DeSean Jackson Bangs Own Head Against Wall

Steve Smith Hits IR, Somewhere DeSean Jackson Bangs Own Head Against Wall

For the low, low price of $3.058 million, DeSean Jackson will play in 57 games and counting over four seasons for your football club. He'll catch 219 passes for 3,892 yards and 20 touchdowns, stretching defenses in a way that opens up the field for your entire offense. He will also carry the ball 49 times for an additional 351 yards and three touchdowns. He'll even return 116 punts for 1,227 yards and four touchdowns, and he'll do it all while going to a pair of Pro Bowls and garnering an All Pro selection.

For $2.281 million, Steve Smith will join your football club in August, nine months removed from microfracture surgery on his knee. He will play in all of nine games, during which he will catch 11 passes for 124 yards and a single score. Then, he will go on injured reserve with a bone bruise on the same knee his previous football club was concerned would not be 100% at any point this year.

Which player would you rather invest in?

I don't fault the Eagles for signing Smith. Jackson was a brief training camp holdout, and Jeremy Maclin was excused while being tested for a mysterious illness, so there were concerns with their own wide receivers. And before the Birds stepped in, Smith was likely headed back to the New York Giants, where he was a Pro Bowl caliber player for a division rival with Eli Manning at the helm.

Steve Smith was available for the taking, and even now that the addition officially did not pan out, you won't hear too much buyer's remorse from me.

Unless, of course, Smith's signing had anything to do with DeSean Jackson not getting paid.

DJac has been anything but fun to watch this season. He's dropped a million passes. He shies away from any and all contact. He seems completely disinterested in returning punts. His attitude caused him to be deactivated in one game, and resulted in a penalty that erased a momentum-swinging play in another.

His numbers have dipped, and his relationship with the organization appears to be fractured.

And yet, while I don't agree even the slightest bit with the way DeSean has conducted himself on the field, the popular opinion is much of this could have been avoided had the Eagles simply signed him to a new contract this offseason. Now, not only have we received a questionable effort from a star player capable of breaking games wide open, but the front office may be left with no other choice except to use the franchise tag, then trade one of their most gifted athletes.

If any of it has anything to do with Steve Smith, then the Eagles messed up badly. To be fair, we don't have all the facts at this point. It's possible the two sides could not agree on Jackson's value. As amazing as he is, DJac is not a conventional standout who will catch 100 balls, nor a monster who can jump over the defense and rip a pass out of the sky.

But by albeit simplistic comparison -- wasting $2 million on Steve Smith to produce next to nothing, while DeSean Jackson sulks and daydreams about making piles of money elsewhere -- the whole situation just looks plain awful.

>> Eagles place Smith on IR with bone bruise [CSN]

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Position Title: Intern
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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron's sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth (see full recap).

Cubs close in on NL Central title behind Quintana's 3-hit shoutout
MILWAUKEE -- Jose Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee 5-0 Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers' playoff hopes.

Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Quintana (7-3 with Cubs, 11-11 overall) struck out 10 and walked one in his second complete game in 182 starts. He threw 116 pitches, his most since Sept. 7 last year.

He did not allow any extra-base hits and retired his final 11 batters after walking Domingo Santana in the sixth (see full recap).

Rockies beat Padres to open 2-game lead for last wild card
SAN DIEGO -- Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Sunday to open a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card heading into the final week of the regular season.

St. Louis trails the Rockies by 2 games. Seeking its first postseason appearance since 2009, Colorado opens a six-game homestand Monday, playing Miami and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.

German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 18. Colorado starters have a 2.52 ERA in their last nine games (see full recap).

Twins top Tigers for 4-game sweep, close on wild card
DETROIT -- Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar homered, and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), and Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth.

Minnesota (82-74) began the day 4 games ahead of Kansas City, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.

Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. At 62-94, the Tigers will finish with their worst record since going 43-119 in 2003 (see full recap).